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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Micho Kaku

All tickets claimed for Michio Kaku

A few standby tickets will be available at the box office to see theoretical physicist Michio Kaku on the night of the show only. All tickets have been claimed for the Maverick Speakers Series event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Texas Hall.

Dr. Kaku will discuss "Physics of the Future" and sign autographs after the lecture. He is one of the most widely renowned contemporary figures in science. His particular area of specialty is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Kaku is attempting to complete. He is also known for his work in predicting trends that affect business, commerce, and finance

Standby ticket holders will be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show starts. Accommodation is anticipated but not guaranteed.

scam sign

Beware of latest phone scam asking for money

A recent phone scam involves the caller claiming to be a police officer collecting debts, according to the UT Arlington Police Department.

The caller tells people they owe money for unpaid "Homeland Security" taxes and other debts. He threatens the individual with arrest and solicits immediate payment for the alleged debts. The telephone number used has been cloned from a legitimate agency.

The scam is similar to one used in the fall claiming to be a UTA official collecting unpaid tuition and other school debts.

University officials, law enforcement, and government officials will not contact you in this manner or threaten arrest for non-payment of debts.

If you encounter this or similar scams or have information about them, contact the UTA Police at 2-3381.

  Mav Pic Activity Fair Spring 2015

Good counsel

Cindy Manzano, outreach coordinator for Counseling and Psychological Services, shares program details with Mila Nguyen, nursing freshman, and Lissette Barraza, aerospace engineering freshman, at the spring Activity Fair. Wednesday's fair, which promotes campus programs and organizations, was at the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Webinar gives updates on travel booking

Corporate Travel Planners, one of the University’s dedicated travel agencies, will host a webinar at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, on the new look and feel of Concur, the online booking site for UTA travelers. 

Register online. You will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Questions? Contact DeAnna Kerby at

Another generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

Buildings involved are the Architecture Building, College Park Center, College Park Central and South parking garages, the Fine Arts Building, Kalpana Chawla Hall, the Maverick Activities Center, Nanofab Building, The Heights Apartments, and the Thermal Energy Plant.

The test will only affect the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building. There will be a slight “blip” lasting a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. Keep computer work in progress saved during this time to prevent any possible data loss.

Questions? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Nominations needed for student employee awards

Nominate your outstanding student employee for a chance to win $1,000 or $500 in financial awards.

Nominate your student employee. All nominations are due by Monday, Feb. 16.

For questions, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932.

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Sprucing up for spring

Preparation work for new landscaping and lighting are in the works on the mall from the Central Library to West Street. The improvements follow the replacement of a collapsed sewer line. Hector Contreras, center, adds new pavers outside the Chemistry and Physics Building while Don Madison, construction coordinator, looks on.


Institutional Review Board mini-conference Feb. 13

Faculty, staff, and students can learn the basics of regulations and more at the Institutional Review Board Mini-Conference 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Room 215 of the Center for Innovation, 202 E. Border St.

Sessions include the IRB review process, how to prepare a protocol for submission, a mock IRB board meeting, and a panel discussion. One session can earn you credit for human subject training requirements.

See the conference schedule. RSVP to

Regulatory Services and Research Administration sponsor the conference.

Qualitative researchers group to meet

The University-wide Qualitative Brown Bag meetup sessions start again Thursday, Feb. 5. The meetings are noon-1 p.m. in Suite 415 of the Central Library and are every other Thursday through April 30.

All faculty and graduate students are invited to present on any facet of qualitative methodologies. Register online. For questions, contact Peggy Semingson at

stanley security

Vote daily for UTA to win safety grant

Vote daily to help UT Arlington win the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools grant. The grand prize is $200,000 in security equipment with a runner-up prize of $75,000. 

Vote every day, but only one vote per email address, phone number, or Twitter account. Vote from all your email addresses and cellphone numbers. Ask family, friends, and UTA fans to vote, too.

Go online to vote at, text utaedu to 334455, or tweet using hashtags ‪#‎stanleysecurity and ‪#‎utaedu. Voting ends at midnight Friday, Feb. 13. See official rules at for details.

Advising super powers topic of annual conference

Register online for the UT Arlington Advising Association's 18th annual advising conference, "Academic Marvels: Unleashing Your Advising Super Powers." The conference is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Extra Credit

Friday, Jan. 30

Motivating Your Employees Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Statistical Software: SPSS SPSS training. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 04, University Hall. Also, SAS training, Friday, Feb. 6OIT Statistical Services.

What Is Intellectual Property and Why Should I Care? Mark Dodd, patent litigation attorney, explains intellectual property, how you create and protect it, and why engineers should care about it. Time permitting, you help him draft a patent claim for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Dr. Dodd was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014-15 editions in Intellectual Property Litigation. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 111, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Saturday, Jan. 31

2014-15 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Information sessions and enrollment assistance for the 2014-15 Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplace. Patient navigators who speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese available. Co-sponsors are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the United Way of Tarrant County. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nursing and Health InnovationRural Health Outreach Program.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

A Quick Look at Engineering Student and Faculty Achievements Two examples of achievements by student teams and faculty members: an award-winning, real-time monitoring system that enables better vehicular flow and a project to solve water-related challenges some cities face due to urban population growth and climate fluctuations. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Women Go Red Learn about heart disease and how it affects women. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Study Abroad Fair Learn about the more than 500 study abroad programs in 62 countries where Mavericks can earn credit toward their degrees. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Study Abroad.

The New Black: Examining Racial Identity from a Contemporary Perspective Jason Shelton, associate professor of sociology, and Dante’ Bryant, social work doctoral student, detail racial identity from a contemporary perspective. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Coming up

Human Resource Training Register online. Writing Effective E-mail, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6; Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11; Managing Across Generations, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 20; Professional Telephone Techniques, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. All at Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes
  Lonnie McClanahan, Abby Dunkin, Rose Hollermann

Win-win: Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan, top, scored 21 points in the 75-68 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday. Abby Dunkin, bottom left, and Rose Hollermann were named to the 2015 national wheelchair basketball team. Hollermann was a 2012 Paralympian.

Second-half rally lifts Mavericks to victory

Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan scored 21 points and the men's basketball team stormed back in the second half to beat Arkansas-Little Rock 75-68 Saturday in Little Rock.

UTA outscored UALR 47-29 in the second half after being down as many as 14 points in the first. The Mavericks ran their winning streak to three, including a two-game road sweep that began with last Thursday's victory at Sun Belt Conference-leader Louisiana-Monroe.

UTA is 12-7 on the season and 6-3 in conference play. Next up are home games today, Thursday, Jan. 29, against Georgia State and Saturday, Jan. 31, against Troy.

Lady Movin' Mavs chosen for national wheelchair basketball team

Rose Hollermann, a 2015 Paralympian, and Abby Dunkin, members of the Lady Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, were selected to be part of the 2015 USA Women’s National Team. They and teammates Morgan Wood and Josie Aslakson participated in the three-day tryout at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The Movin’ Mavs men's team is 11-1 in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's college division and 16-2 overall. The wheelchair basketball team is in the NWBA's top spot for the fourth year in a row.

The men's team was 4-1 at the American Collegiate Society Wheelchair Basketball Bash in Wichita, Kan. The Lady Mavs went 1-3 in the tournament and are ranked third in the NWBA college division.

Women's basketball drops pair on road

In a battle of the Sun Belt Conference’s best defensive teams, Arkansas-Little Rock defeated UTA 66-38 Saturday in Little Rock.

The loss followed a 56-51 defeat last Thursday at Louisiana-Monroe. Freshman center Rebekah Van Dijk led the Mavericks in both games, scoring a career-high 20 points against ULM and 11 against UALR.

The Mavericks are 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the Sun Belt Conference. They return to College Park Center this week for games against Georgia State today, Thursday, Jan. 29, and Troy on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Saturday doubleheader features Kids' Day

UTA's basketball teams host Kids' Day on Saturday, Jan. 31, with discount tickets, free pennants, face painters, and balloon twisters.

Go to and enter promo code KIDS to purchase a $5 ticket that's good for both games.

The Mavericks play Troy at College Park Center. The women's game starts at 5 p.m. and the men's at 7:15 p.m.

Women win, men lose in tennis action

The women's tennis team had an impressive outing in its doubleheader Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center, sweeping both Tarleton State University and the University of Incarnate Word 7-0.

In men’s action Saturday, the Mavericks lost 4-0 to Troy at the UTA Tennis Center in the first Sun Belt Conference match of the season.

Both the women’s and men’s teams return to action Saturday, Jan. 31, when they host Midwestern State.

Indoor track and field teams start season

The men’s and women’s track teams will compete Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Mark Colligan Memorial in Lincoln, Neb., and Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan. The Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships are set for Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, in Birmingham, Ala.

Hall of Honor banquet set for Friday

Two-time World Series champion Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants is among the inductees in the 2015 UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor class. The Hall of Honor ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The 2015 Hall of Honor inductees are Pence (baseball), Elston Cawley (men's track and field), Valeria Whitfield (women's volleyball), Mike Stamps (football), and the 1996-2000 men's track and field teams.

Individual tickets are available for $50 at

Contact Kimberley Jardine at or call 2-0694 for questions.

Intramural deadlines include billiards, basketball

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include billiards, Thursday, Jan. 29; pre-season basketball, Tuesday, Feb. 3; basketball, Wednesday, Feb. 4; rock climbing, Tuesday, Feb. 10; and racquetball, Friday, Feb. 13.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Film prof's 'dawn.' on HBO starting Feb. 1


HBO subscribers can watch dawn. by film professor Ya'Ke Smith on HBO GO on Sunday, Feb. 1, and HBO Zone on Thursday, Feb. 5. The film will be shown throughout the year on the various networks of HBO.

Smith wrote and produced dawn., which chronicles a woman’s struggle to land on her feet after she’s released from prison.

He is the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in the Art and Art History Department.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Artist Talk: Sylvia Plachy Hungarian-born artist Sylvia Plachy discusses her works in the exhibit Sharing Space: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy. 12:30-1:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

Men and Masculinities Week Social Male-identifying students, faculty, and staff are invited to the inaugural Men and Masculinities Week social. Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Documentary 'Working Like Crazy' Former mental health patients, once labeled "unemployable," now work in businesses run and staffed by other psychiatric survivors. Discussion follows. Free. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 104, University Hall. Disability StudiesOffice for Students with Disabilities.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Georgia State. Tickets start at $7. 5 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Troy, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Georgia State. Tickets start at $7. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Troy, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 30

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Opening Reception for 'Sharing Space: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy' Opening reception for art exhibit by Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy. 5-6 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

Friday Night Film: 'Big Hero 6' Rated PG. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Experience Arlington Cinema Watch the screening of short films by UTA students, UTA professor and filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith, and Arlington Independent School District students. Free. Seating is limited; RSVP requested. 7 p.m., film theatre, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Free. Through Monday, Feb. 2. Physical Education Building and Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Sunday, Feb. 1

Guest Viola Recital Travis Baird performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Feb. 2

Guest Artist Recital The Mount Vernon Music Association performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Paws with Partners will bring registered therapy dogs to campus for some doggy de-stressing. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. Also Wednesdays, March 4 and April 1. UT Arlington Libraries.

Bassoon Week Recitals Bassoon students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Also, Thursday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 7Music.

Coming up

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert Conductor Douglas Stotter leads a concert of band classics from around the world. Tickets $9 adults, $6 students, seniors. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Flight 12 Improv! An evening of funny and oh-no-you-didn't moments presented by 12 members of the Maverick Theatre Company. Free. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 6-7, Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Men's Basketball on ESPN Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette game televised from the Cajundome in Lafayette, La. 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, ESPN or ESPN2. The network will be announced one week in advance. Athletics.

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Spring Concert with Jessie J British singer and songwriter Jessie J is recognized for an unconventional musical and performance style, mixing soul vocals with contemporary R&B, pop, electropop, and hip-hop beats. Tickets $20 UTA faculty and staff, $15 students; $25 general admission. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Cuba: Histories of the Present Explore daily life in modern Cuba through photographs by David LaFevor, assistant professor of history. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 31. UT Arlington Libraries.

Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlocked in the 19th century. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 7UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

The Gallery at UTA: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy Two Hungarian-born artists share space in both the literal and metaphysical sense. Through Feb. 14. The Gallery at UTA.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th- to 20th-century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule features Black Holes, Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)


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